Feasibility Study Milestones
- How many projects have completed the feasibility studies following the new process? If there aren't any yet, what is the farthest that
some projects have progressed?
- What are the SMART Planning principles?
- What is SMART Planning?
- What is the report synopsis?
- Is there going to be an Agency Decision Milestone for every project under the new SMART milestone framework?
- What exactly should be submitted with the draft report? Has Exhibit H-5 been superseded by Planning Bulletin 2013-03?
The Documentation in Exhibit H-5 of the Planning Guidance Notebook, Appendix H: Draft Report Policy Compliance Review
Submittals, is not expected to be submitted with the draft feasibility study report and environmental documentation for concurrent
review, with the following exceptions:
- The draft report submittal package will include a transmittal memo.
- Every submittal for a feasibility study following the SMART planning process, whether it is a milestone or report submittal, should
include the following read aheads.
- Report Synopsis
- Decision Management Plan
- Risk Register
- Decision Log
- The project study issue checklist is not required at the draft submittal, but the checklist should be have been used by the PDT to
determine what major issues should be communicated to the vertical team and what policy risks should be in the Risk Register.
- The 14 January 2013 Office of
Counsel memo confirms that district legal sufficiency review is required prior to public release. Many studies and districts have
incorporated the legal sufficiency finding as part of the District Quality Control process prior to the TSP milestone. A full, HQ Office
of Counsel legal certification is not required prior to the release of the draft report and concurrent review.
- What if the tentatively selected plan is not endorsed at the Agency Decision Milestone meeting?
- Does the Civil Works Review Board exist in the new milestone framework?
- What does scalable mean?
- Can you provide a crosswalk to compare legacy milestones and new process milestones; e.g., the Alternatives Milestone is between
F2 and F3?
- How do the new feasibility study milestones and process apply to ongoing (legacy) studies?
- Is a charette a requirement for my study?
- Does Agency Technical Review take place only on the draft report between the TSP milestone and the Agency decision milestone?
Should ATR be conducted on the feasibility-level design of the Recommended Plan as well?
- How do NEPA and other environmental compliance requirements fit into the new feasibility study process?
- How will Districts confirm Federal Interest without a Reconnaissance Phase?
- Do you have any guidance on when to start the clock and sign the FCSA for New Start feasibility studies?
- Will non-Federal sponsors be able to contribute work-in-kind prior to having a signed Project Management Plan (PMP) in place?
- Will a sponsor be required to have cash on hand when they sign the FCSA?
- When are the Project Management Plan and Review Plan required to be completed?
- What is optimization and when does optimization occur in the feasibility study process?
- Can optimization begin before the Agency Decision Milestone?
- When is optimization of a plan finished?
- When is the Review Plan required to be completed, if funding isn't available until after the FCSA is signed?
- Does the Directors Policy Memorandum replace or change SMART Planning milestones?
- Does the delegation of decision-making at milestone meetings apply only to new studies?
- The memorandum focuses on delegation of feasibility study milestone decision-making and review. Does this impact validation reports,
post-authorization change reports for Section 902 cost increases, general re-evaluation reports, feasibility studies conducted under the
Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) or Tribal Partnership Program, etc.?
- Is the delegation of Watershed Study milestones changing based on this memorandum?